I had lunch with Faith yesterday and marveled at the bird life in her walled garden. It was a beautiful sunny day so we ate in the conservatory and watched the birds poke around in the garden and feed on nuts from a hanging bird-feeder. In the time it took my grandmother and I to polish off a bottle of wine (not long!) we saw the following birds:
greater spotted woodpecker
Faith said the reason so many birds are back in her garden is because she accidentally roasted to death a pair of resident crows! Apparently they got stuck in the chimney while she was testing a newly installed wood-burning stove. What amazed me was how beautiful and green this part of England is — we were only 20 miles outside London.